Ted Thompson doesn’t know when he will retire

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During the draft, Packers General Manager Ted Thompson dodged the question about how much longer he will remain on the job. He jokingly answered, “How do I look?” Thompson, in his first interview since then, said he doesn’t know the answer.

But Thompson, 64, insists he feels good and doesn’t have immediate retirement plans.

I think I’m good to go,” Thompson said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I think sometimes as you get older and having played — not that playing football is harmful to you — there are a few places where I limp a little more than I used to and that sort of thing, but otherwise I feel good.”

Thompson’s future has become a regular topic in Green Bay, with team president Mark Murphy recently saying Thompson has the job for as long as he wants it.

Murphy wouldn’t say specifically when Thompson’s contract expires, but according to Demovsky, it’s at least through the 2018 season and possibly the end of the 2019 draft. Possibilities to replace Thompson includes Ron Wolf’s son, Eliot, who works under Thompson, as well as Russ Ball, vice president of football administration/player finance.

Thompson, though, doesn’t know when he will retire.

“I don’t know,” Thompson said. “We’ll see. Stay tuned.”

44 responses to “Ted Thompson doesn’t know when he will retire

  1. If I say something negative about Ted Thompson, every Packer fan commenter following will cite the Packers’ excellent record with him as GM. If I say nothing, every Packer fan commenter following will talk about how he’s holding the team back by making poor draft choices, failing to sign free agents, and sticking with the coach. What should I do with all this power?

  2. It’s great Ted feels good & doesn’t have long lasting, major injuries from his playing days. Many players do obviously. For him to needlessly say “playing football isn’t harmful to you”, come on Ted, no need for obvious BS.

  3. Ted Thompson doesn’t even remember that he drafted 3 RBs in the same draft his year.

    But as long as Ted’s keeps the GM job or they give the job to Nepotism Ronnie I would be happy.

  4. He looks like a man who is retired on duty and content on being carried on the back (and arm) of Aaron Rodgers while continuing to prevent he Packers from being true contenders.

  5. Packers fans who think Ted Thompson is a terrible GM, Mike McCarthy is a terrible head coach, and Dom Capers is a terrible defensive coordinator most likely didn’t start watching the Packers until the early 90s.

  6. As a Pack fan if the Defense don’t hold up their end Capers will need to go. I’ve been saying Capers needed to go the last couple of years. That falls on to the Head coach, and GM.

  7. 8 of the first 9 posts from Viking trolls. Pathetic. Win something, then talk. A single playoff game this decade would be a good start.

  8. He should be fired…to have Aaron Rodgers as your QB and only come away with 1 Super Bowl thus far? … His refusal to partake in free agency … If the Patriots aren’t too good for free agency, the Packers sure ain’t … All the quality offensive linemen that have been available, cuz Lord knows that Packers offensive line could use at least 4 new starters … why not trade for Leveon Bell …. not like you’re giving the other team a top 20 pick …

  9. Another genius. The Packer O-line has been one of the best in the NFL the past few years. Jahri Evans, Martellus Bennett, and Lance Kendricks didn’t fall out of a tree and land in Green Bay. Thompson only dives in when there’s value to be had. See Cook; see also Woodson. And unless your a Pats fan, come back and talk to us when your team wins multiple Super Bowls… although I’m guessing you root for a certain team that has never won anything and loves to spend wildly in FA.

  10. It would be disrespectful to get rid of a Packer legend just because you have someone younger behind him…Oh wait, that happened in 2008. Yeah, Karma should dictate that Thompson get fired for the younger candidate.

  11. It is simply too funny how much the 3rd rate fan base of the Vikings, seem to enjoy doling out advice to teams that are obviously superior to theirs.
    Your team is not even good enough to beat out the Lions, let alone the Packers.
    Yet you talk as if you’re our contemporaries.
    You are clearly not.
    And you better be concerned, the Chicago Bears in the mirror are closer than they appear.

  12. The lights all over the Twin Cities started flickering about an hour ago. It was a power surge from all the auto-notifications going out to the Packer-hating stalker-trolls when another Packer story was posted.

    Sure enough. A few beers and they’re ready to start picking fights over nothing. Eight out of the first nine comments.

    Obviously, if the Packers were any deeper inside their heads, they’d need a permit from The United Mine Workers just to cross state lines.

  13. Ted must be doing something right. All the insults and putdowns and slander and Fake News and the negative historical referencing thrown at the Packers doesn’t deter us as fans and doesn’t change one simple fact:

    The Packers are better than the Vikings.

    Now…you can wish they weren’t, you can hope they aren’t, you can bet they’re not……but they are. Fact.

    What does this tell us about the stalker-trolls? Their efforts have no effect whatsoever on anything. They are doing it to entertain themselves. To make their loser-selves feel better about themselves.

  14. It’s interesting to see so many Vikings fans commenting on Packer stories and criticizing Ted Thompson considering who their GM is. Has Spielman won anything anywhere he has been?????

  15. Ted is a natural at selecting talented players…Someone needs to help him better evaluate talented coaches.

    Aaron Rodgers career = Greek tragedy.

    Being Favre’s #2 for too long and then Macarthys slow adjusting style & Capers working with practically zero defensive free agents.(Peppers excluded)

    Ted will fire Macarthy as he needs a scapegoat. Lost a lot of talent and new guys may not adjust quick enough & too many aging big piece players. Disaster in the making or a spectacular finish for the cheeseheads. Odds are greater against the latter scenario.

  16. Overwhelming response from some of the different faces of ariani, chief viking troll on PFT. Seriously, the first 9 posts very well could be from his aliases. If not, there are several Packers obsessed fans in Minnesota need to seek professional counseling.

  17. I am not trying to troll here. I heard Ted speak he sounded off. Slower than normal and almost like he has dementia or something.

  18. Ted better hope that Mark Murphy doesn’t treat Ted the same way that Ted treated Favre after the Packer defense made Eli Manning look like Tom Brady in the NFC Championship game on January 20, 2008…

    Just in case anyone has forgotten, Matt Ryan passed for 392 yards and 4 TD’s on January 22, 2017…

    Favre started making comments like Ted’s making now and Ted kicked him to the curb.

  19. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 3, 2017 at 8:40 am
    1 SB with a HOF QB will be his legacy. What a shame.
    ///////////////////////

    What’s the Vikings legacy? They’ve had HOF QB’s.

  20. Jahri Evans, Martellus Bennett, and Lance Kendricks didn’t fall out of a tree and land in Green Bay. Thompson only dives in when there’s value to be had. See Cook; see also Woodson.
    ======

    He got value in Woodson. Easy to argue otherwise in 2006. He gave $52 million to an injured cancer who wasn’t wanted by 30 other teams.

    Cook?… what a joke. He’s an overrated bum. Has been his whole career.

    Evans? Seattle’s line has been terrible. Possibly the worst in football. Evans couldn’t make their team out of camp last year. Will he make this team?

    .. its hard to argue Thompsons approach from 2005-2010.

    Since then, its easy. The D has fallen apart and he’s not plugging the holes in the dam. Not in the Draft, not in Free Agency. Even the offense is getting thin now.

  21. As a Pack fan if the Defense don’t hold up their end Capers will need to go.
    =====

    Capers should have been fired after the NFCC Game loss to Seattle.

    There’s no coming back from something like that.

  22. Ted better hope that Mark Murphy doesn’t treat Ted the same way that Ted treated Favre
    =====

    Murphy is too busy counting revenue to notice what is going on with the football operation.

  23. gtodriver says:
    August 3, 2017 at 7:36 am
    Ted better hope that Mark Murphy doesn’t treat Ted the same way that Ted treated Favre
    —————

    I don’t think we have to worry about that. I think once TT retires, he’s going to stay retired. I don’t think he’ll unretire only to retire again and then try to unretire yet again at the start of preseason.

  24. beerbratscheese says:

    I don’t think we have to worry about that. I think once TT retires, he’s going to stay retired. I don’t think he’ll unretire only to retire again and then try to unretire yet again at the start of preseason.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Favre never filed the necessary paperwork to retire when he was with the Packers, as required per the CBA.

    He reported to training camp as required by the CBA and TT wouldn’t let him on the field and ultimately kicked Favre to the curb (NY Jets).

  25. gtodriver says:
    August 4, 2017 at 7:38 am
    beerbratscheese says:

    I don’t think we have to worry about that. I think once TT retires, he’s going to stay retired. I don’t think he’ll unretire only to retire again and then try to unretire yet again at the start of preseason.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Favre never filed the necessary paperwork to retire when he was with the Packers, as required per the CBA.

    He reported to training camp as required by the CBA and TT wouldn’t let him on the field and ultimately kicked Favre to the curb (NY Jets).
    ——————–

    So you’re saying that when Favre gave that tearful, nationally aired retirement speech, TT should have continued to plan for Favre to be the starting quarterback, and completely dismiss that speech as genuine? Is that what you’re saying?

  26. I don’t think we have to worry about that. I think once TT retires, he’s going to stay retired. I don’t think he’ll unretire only to retire again and then try to unretire yet again at the start of preseason.
    =====

    Unlike Ted Thompson, I doubt anyone associated with the Packers would try to block him from accepting work with another team if he left his current position.

  27. So you’re saying that when Favre gave that tearful, nationally aired retirement speech, TT should have continued to plan for Favre to be the starting quarterback, and completely dismiss that speech as genuine? Is that what you’re saying?
    =====

    I can’t for the life of me understand why this refuses to die!

    SO, after Favre retired, the plan was to go with Rodgers? Thats the clear and reasonable assumption, right?

    SO, why ON GODS GREEN EARTH, did the Packers let Favre show up before family night, and why did they ALLOW him to report to training camp?

    If Rodgers is your guy, you tell Favre to stay home, and you negotiate the trade or give him his release.

    Favre shouldn’t have retited. You, me, and he himself knows as much.

    But the Packers didn’t handle themselves very well either. The appeareance, after all is said and done, was that they didn’t have a plan. If they did, they didn’t execute it very well.

  28. gtodriver says:
    August 4, 2017 at 7:38 am
    Favre never filed the necessary paperwork to retire when he was with the Packers, as required per the CBA.
    ///////////////////////////////////////

    Yeah, because he requested an unconditional release first. Hummmm…….I wonder why he was doing that if he planned to retire?

    BECAUSE HE WASN’T PLANNING TO RETIRE, THATS WHY! He was trying to abandon his team, his teammates, and his fans for the selfish opportunity of securing another SuperBowl ring before actually retiring. He identified the Vikings as his last best chance, teammates be damned.

    Ted was too smart for him. Anything that happened to Favre during that period of time was his fault and deserved. He knows it now.

  29. Yeah, because he requested an unconditional release first. Hummmm…….I wonder why he was doing that if he planned to retire?

    BECAUSE HE WASN’T PLANNING TO RETIRE, THATS WHY! He was trying to abandon his team, his teammates, and his fans for the selfish opportunity of securing another SuperBowl ring before actually retiring. He identified the Vikings as his last best chance, teammates be damned.
    =====

    Wrong. So very wrong.

    April 25th, David Letterman;

    Favre essentially says he’s coming back. Has the “itch” to play.

    … *SHOCKER* Second thoughts after being forced into a decision a month earlier.

    June 22nd, conversation with Mike McCarthy, Brett says he wants to play;

    McCarthy “Oh, God, Brett. You’re putting us in a tight spot. He said, ‘Brett, playing here is not an option.’ Those were his exact, exact words.”

    Operative words; playing here is not an option.

    July 11th, Favre requests release. Packers statement;

    “The finality of his decision to retire was accepted by the organization. At that point, the Green Bay Packers made the commitment to move forward with our football team.”

    August 3rd, the League office, Goodell himself had to force the Packers to reinstate Favre. THAT is embarrassing. You’ve got SO much FIRM CONVICTION in your plan, you try to block a player from playing? Then you let him show up at your facility the next day????

    The Packers looked just as foolish as Favre in this whole fiasco.

    I place FAR more blame on them. Athletes do foolish irrational things all the time. Billion dollar corporations should have more control over themselves.

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